Setup strategy question

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  • #962574

    geoffhanna
    Member

    This is a long question, I apologize in advance, and thank anyone who has the patience to stay with it.

    I want to blog about a broad topic, but at the same time, focus on two or three narrower aspects of that topic. I want to dedicate a section of my blog to each subtopic. A new subtopic post would appear in the correct subtopic area, and also in the main topic area, but nowhere else.

    I know I can sort of accomplish this with Categories if I use a theme that supports Custom Menus.

    But I have several domains, one for the broad topic and one for each of the narrow subtopics, and I want to redirect each domain the appropriate place in my new blog – the main page, or the correct Category.

    How do I do this? How do I redirect a domain to a wordpress blog? Can I redirect to a category?

    Is Categories the right strategy in the first place?

    Any help or ideas would be appreciate, or it is easier, point me to the right literature and I will research on my own.

    Thanks!

    #962704

    timethief
    Member

    But I have several domains, …

    Please read the information on domain mapping > http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    #962707

    geoffhanna
    Member

    Thank you for the point. It appears that I cannot map domains to a category.

    What other options might be worth research to try and achieve my strategy?

    #962708

    timethief
    Member

    I’m sorry but I don’t know any means of mapping domains to Categories pages.

    #962711

    raincoaster
    Member

    I would suggest instead that you get an independent WP install and then you can make each sub-topic a subdomain or use its unique domain within the site itself. In other words, not categories at all, but separate mini-sites within the main site.

    #962713

    geoffhanna
    Member

    Can I redirect to a page? Seems no. But I’m asking anyway.

    Alternately, if I had four or five seperate blogs, is there a way to get new posts from all of them to show in one place?

    #962714

    geoffhanna
    Member

    @rain – can you point me to the right literature I can reference to see how to create a setup like you are describing?

    And thank you both for your time on my questions :)

    #962717

    raincoaster
    Member

    I’m afraid I don’t know off the top of my head: WordPress.COM is my thing, not WordPress.ORG, but I’m sure the forums over there can help you.

    #962724

    geoffhanna
    Member

    I didn’t know there was a difference. How do I know which to use and when?

    #962732

    raincoaster
    Member

    Well, doing exactly what you propose is not possible here at all. You can’t use those domain names. It’s possible, with some work, at WordPress.org.

    #962733

    geoffhanna
    Member

    Never mind my last question, I found the difference between .com and .org here http://en.support.wordpress.com/com-vs-org/

    All the other questions remain as open mysteries.

    #962899

    geoffhanna
    Member

    In case anyone else reads this and has the same question:

    There is a widget called Subdomains that allows one to link directly to categories. It is only available on self-hosted blogs though, cannot be done on a wordpress.com blog.

    I am still trying to find out how to create a two-level blog hierarchy. Apparently that can be done on a self-hosted site too but I don’t yet know how.

    In the meantime: the theme Mimbo comes pretty close to what I was wanting to do and is available right here on wordpress.com blogs. Not free though, and not exactly what I wanted, but very very close.

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